Physics: The Elements

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 28, 2013 - Science - 576 pages
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Norman Robert Campbell (1880-1949) was an English physicist and philosopher who made a significant contribution to the philosophy of science. In this book, which was first published in 1920, Campbell presents a detailed critical analysis of various areas of physics. Aimed at the advanced reader, with a 'familiarity with all the facts and theories of physics, ancient and modern', the text is divided into two main parts: the first part deals with 'The Propositions of Science' and the second discusses aspects of 'Measurement'. An appendix and detailed index are also included. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the development of physics and the history of science.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PART I
6
THE PROPOSITIONS OF SCIENCE
13
THE SUBJECT MATTER OF SCIENCE
15
THE NATURE OF LAWS
38
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56
THE DISCOVERY AND PROOF OF LAWS
88
THE EXPLANATION OF LAWS
113
FUNDAMENTAL MEASUREMENT
267
PHYSICAL NUMBER
295
FRACTIONAL AND NEGATIVE MAGNITUDES
310
NUMERICAL LAWS AND DERIVED MAGNITUDES
328
UNITS AND DIMENSIONS
361
THE USES OF DIMENSIONS
403
ERRORS OF MEASUREMENT METHODICAL ERRORS
437
ERRORS OF MEASUREMENT ERRORS OF CONSISTENCY AND THE ADJUSTMENT OF OBSERVATIONS
457

THEORIES
119
CHANCE AND PROBABILITY
159
THE MEANING OF SCIENCE
215
SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY
230
PART II
265
MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS
522
APPENDIX 55
553
INDEX
561
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